All posts by Andrew Edmunds

Last Rites Co-Owner; Senior Editor; born in the cemetery, under the sign of the MOOOOOOON...

Depravity – Grand Malevolence Review

I sometimes feel a twinge of sorrow for a record released in December. By that point, all the year-end lists are set and settled, with precious coverage space at blogs and zines dedicated to albums

Best Of 2020 – Andrew Edmunds: Alligators Can Grow Up To Fifteen Feet, But Most Of Them Still Only Have Four

Christ, I cannot even imagine how many trillions of words have been written / are being written / will be written about how utterly, unbelievably, unfathomably awful 2020 has been… And yet, I feel like

High Command – Everlasting Torment Review

Fast Rites: because sometimes brevity is fundamental. Epic fantasy thrash?  Is that a thing? No? Can we make it a thing? Worcester, Mass’s High Command is doing their damnedest to make it a thing, and

Fuck The Facts – Pleine Noirceur Review

I know it comes from a thirty-year-old Naked City song, but man, if there were ever a more tragically appropriate band name for these days of disinformation and rampant rejection of knowledge than “Fuck The

Cognizant – Cognizant (2020 Reissue) Review

Fast Rites: because sometimes brevity is fundamental. Dallas-based death / grind outfit Cognizant sees a CD reissue of their first album here, thanks to the kind souls at Selfmadegod. This fancy little slab of tech-grind

Sodom – Genesis XIX Review

Seems like about 90% of the reviews for any Sodom album released in the past two decades or so have been cut from a similar cloth: “Old-school thrashers remain remarkably consistent,” “Sodom sounds like Sodom,”

Houkago Grind Time – Bakyunsified (Moe To The Gore) Review

It’s hard to tell by looking at me, but I used to be a runner. Back then, the building that I worked in had an unoccupied office area that was repurposed into a “gym,” and

Machetazo – Ultratumba II Review

I’m a sucker for a good grindcore discography comp. Considering how much of that world is built upon a steady stream of split sevens and shorter-form releases, and with so many of those being on